Meursault and Matthew: One in the Same?

Upon reading the novel The Stranger and watching the movie Trust, the similarities of two important characters in these two different stories are hard to ignore: Meursault and Matthew. Their own names bare a resemblance (both starting with “M”) as does the names of the women they take a liking to: Marie and Maria. They also both play a significant role in the lives of those around them. Meursault getting Marie to fall in love with him and propose to him, and Matthew showing up in Marie’s life and changing her outlook on her future and what she wants to do with it.

Despite their similarities, they also have their differences. Meursault doesn’t seem to fall in love or have a desire for love with Marie the way that Matthew does towards Maria, Matthew even going as far as wishing to marry her on a whim. Matthew also seems to be more expressive and emotional, showing frustration and anger towards Marie’s mother taking advantage of her. Meanwhile, Meursault lacked the ability to cry at his own mother’s funeral or show any emotion at all.

This demonstrates the various ways that lifestyles can differ from person to person throughout fiction and real life, no two people being exactly the same.

4 thoughts on “Meursault and Matthew: One in the Same?

  1. Violet B

    This is a really interesting analysis, Matthew shows a lot more emotions than Mersault does, despite them being pretty similar characters. I feel like both of them started to show emotions a lot more at the end.

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  2. Olivia L

    This is interesting. I do think that the two characters share similarities, but Mathew feels a bit more “real” and more emotional than Meursault.

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  3. Cimya L.

    I really like your perspective on things, pertaining to Meursault and Matthew. I felt that they were the same, but also different too. I like what you said about “lifestyles can differ from person to person throughout fiction and real life, no two people being exactly the same.” This was a really good take on things.

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